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Man Found In River In Fremont County Probably Died Accidentally

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A man found in the Big Wind River under a bridge in Fremont County on Friday does not appear to have been the victim of foul play, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

This is the news release:

“The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an adult male who was located in the Big Wind River under the Wyoming Highway 789 Bridge this morning around 8:40AM. The body was discovered by local resident who was walking in the immediate area.
“’The death appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning. There is no evidence at this time that would indicate foul play. Evidence located at the scene has led investigators to believe the man went into the water at the location he was found.’
The body was located in about three feet of water on the east side of the Wind River Bridge. The County Sheriff is leading the investigation with assistance from the FBI as well as the Riverton Police Department. The area in which the body was located is situated near the convergence of three jurisdictional boundaries and was determined to be just inside the primary jurisdiction of the Sheriff.
The body was removed from the water with assistance of the Riverton Fire Department and Fremont County Search and Rescue. The Fremont County Coroner’s Office is attempting to make a positive identification and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
“At this time the investigation is ongoing. Further details as to the circumstances surrounding the death will be released after preliminary autopsy results are received and we have a clearer picture of what occurred.”

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